NASCAR driver busted in largest tobacco-smuggling ring in North American history

Driver Derek White, a member of the Mohawk tribe from Kahnawake, Quebec, looks on in his garage after practice for a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Friday, July 17, 2015. White will become the first Native American to start a Sprint Cup race. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

QUEBEC, CANADA (WCMH) —  NASCAR driver Derek White is facing charges in one of the biggest tobacco-smuggling ring in North America.

According to NBC Sports, White, from Canada, was arrested after turning himself into authorities Wednesday on charges connected to the tobacco-smuggling bust.

White, of Quebec, Canada, made history last July when he became the first Native American driver in the Sprint Cup Series, was one of 60 individuals who were arrested after about 70 searches were executed by police in Canada and the U.S.

Sgt. Daniel Thibaudeau of the Quebec Provincial Police told NBC Sports that White faces seven charges including three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud against the government, three counts of fraud toward the government and one count of profiteering as a criminal organization.

According to Thibaudeau, among the items seized in the searches included:

  • More than 1,800 pounds of cocaine
  • About 46 pounds of methamphetamine
  • Thirty-five pounds of cannabis
  • 100 grams of fentanyl
  • More than $1.5 million Canadian in cash
  • More than $3 million U.S. in cash

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